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The Coy Pond Area

The area making up Coy Pond Gardens covers Coy Pond itself and the open space formerly known as Surrey Road Gardens being, in effect, the uppermost part of the pleasure gardens that border the Bourne Stream on its journey to the sea at Bournemouth Pier.

The area making up Coy Pond Gardens covers Coy Pond itself and the open space formerly known as Surrey Road Gardens being, in effect, the uppermost part of the pleasure gardens that border the Bourne Stream on its journey to the sea at Bournemouth Pier.


On 3rd December 1935 the gardens were leased for 999 years from Robert Ives and Frederic Ray Eaton, both of Norfolk.  Prior to this not much is written about them.  In 1940 they were turned over, in part, to allotments, contributing to the war effort.  Permission was granted to return the remaining 18 plots to Pleasure Gardens in 1951.  Since then they have provided local people and visitors with a valuable sanctuary, laid mainly to grass and planted with weeping willow and alder.


The well-used Bourne Valley Greenway route offers a safe and tranquil alternative to the surroundng busy roads, leading pedestrians and cyclists through Bournemouth's Pleasure Gardens to Coy Pond Gardens and beyond. The pond is signposted so as not to disappoint should the visitor not notice Coy Pond to their right, at a slightly higher level and on the opposite side of Coy Pond Road (recently designated a No Through Road).


The friends of coy pond are a dedicated team of residents and friends, whom have taken it upon ourselves to assist the council in keeping the coy pond area clean and tidy, and regularly hold what we call Wombleing Weekends, which are always popular with the residents.


Every Year we hold a Carol Concert by the Pond, with the Local church supplying music in the form of an electric organ and members of the choir,

we set up a stall offering Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Sausage Rolls for a nominal fee and free Squash for the children.


we invest the monies earned at our events to purchase new plants and bushes for the Area and also to Tidy the Rockery

The name Haskins was first connected with Dorset horticulture in 1882 when Harry Haskins founded a nursery in Poole.” in the Coy pond area around Wren Crescent and Coy Pond Road was Owned by the Haskins Family and was Their Original Garden Centre as shown in the Picture (Left)

Warren Haskins,

Chairman of Haskins Garden Centres

Coy Pond’s Connection to Haskins Garden Centres

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